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Hotlum/Wintun Conditions

Climbing Route(s): Hotlum/Wintun Snowfield
Trailhead(s): Brewer Creek
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date/Time of Observation: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 11:15am
Position: 
Climbing Ranger

General Conditions

The Hotlum/Wintun route snow coverage appears to be good for climbing. Skiers, you're gonna have to work for it, and wait for the upper mountain to warm up and go through another melt/freeze cycle for it to be safe/enjoyable from the summit. While you can get on a ribbon of snow around 8,500 feet, it's discontinuous and suncupped. It's possible to skin from just above 9,000 feet depending on how firm the snow is and your skill level (ski crampons could be helpful). Conditions on Tuesday, June 14th were firm and icy due to unusually cold and windy conditions. Rangers were on skis and turned around at 10,000 feet due to snow conditions not being suitable for enjoyable skiing, but there was a team of climbers ascending at around 12,000 feet that most likely summited. Be prepared for firm and potentially icy conditions until we get some warmer weather and higher freezing levels. 

The upper route looked like fairly smooth snow with some wind-scoured, icier looking patches. The precipitation Sunday brought an inch or two of snow above 10,000 feet that was mostly stripped by wind, but patches are lingering in depressions in the old snow. Overall, snow conditions for skiing look less than ideal, but if you're the "turns all year" type of skier, it may be worth taking your skis for a long walk. Otherwise, there's always next year!

Photographs

  • Hotlum/Wintun from near 8,000'.
  • Hotlum/Wintun near 8,500'.
  • Hotlum/Wintun near 8,500'.
  • Hotlum/Wintun near 10,000'.
  • Hotlum/Wintun near 10,000'.